Bonfire Night Safety

Tips for a secure and joyous celebration

As the autumn air turns crisp and the skies light up with vibrant displays, Bonfire Night is a delightful opportunity for families and communities alike to come together and celebrate! However, amidst all the excitement, it is essential to prioritise safety, especially for those who may require extra care and specialised attention.

At Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley, we understand the significance of ensuring a secure and enjoyable occasion for all. Therefore, we have put together a list of crucial health and safety precautions and tips, plus guidelines to consider for a worry-free evening of fantastic fireworks!


  • It is always advised to observe firework displays from a safe and practical distance. For some this could be preferably behind a window from a secure vantage point. 
  • If attending an event, ensure that there are designated areas specifically for all, with ample seating and clear visibility. 


  • If planning for a private celebration, opt for smaller and controlled fires, ensuring that they are at a safe distance from the gathering area. 
  • Avoid excess smoke exposure by keeping seated areas positioned upwind from the bonfire.


  • Dress appropriately for the weather, ensuring warmth and comfort throughout the evening. 
  • Keep a safe distance from the bonfire and fireworks to avoid burns or other fire-related injuries.
  • Supervise children, and educate them about the potential dangers associated with fireworks and bonfires. 
  • Prioritise accessibility by arranging well-lit pathways and clear walking routes to prevent slips and falls. 


  • Create a safe and quiet space for pets indoors to protect them from the loud noises and potential hazards associated with the evening. 
  • Ensure they are wearing some kind of identification (tags) in case they get startles and attempt to escape. 


  • Be mindful of noise levels and the impact of the celebration on those who may prefer a quieter evening. 
  • Perhaps notify neighbours ahead of time about any planned festivities to ensure they are prepared and comfortable with the event. 


  • Dispose of fireworks debris and bonfire remains responsibly, ensuring they do not pose a risk to the environment or local wildlife. 
  • If possible, opt for environmentally friendly fireworks and materials wherever possible to minimise the ecological impact. 

If any problems do arise, make sure to know who to contact to deal with those issues quickly. Contact the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Services on 01772 862545 – or alternatively, check out their website on for any further information that you may require. 

By taking note of all the mentioned health and safety precautions listed above, you will be ensuring that yourself, your loved ones and those attending any events will be able to enjoy the evening of bright lights in the sky in the most secure manner possible. At Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley, we are committed to promoting the well-being of our clients and their family members, especially during special occasions like this. Let us celebrate responsibly and ensure a memorable and secure Bonfire Night for all!